Throughout my time in Palestine I am constantly reminded of how I would feel as a parent to endure not being able to provide all that a child needs.  Whether it be proper food on the table, clean drinking water, schools and supplies or that most basic need of loving security, all of these things become impossible under the blockade of Gaza.

Areej is a 4 year old girl from Sabra in Gaza. She is an orphan whose father was a killed by an Israeli bomb. She has a skin condition that is undiagnosed but worsened severely during the Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2008-2009. Although it is inconclusive, Areej’s neighborhood was one of the worst hit by white phosphorus bombs, a blatant war crime as yet unpunished. At the end of the video there is information about how to make donations directly to her family and help her with possible medical attention in Europe or elsewhere.

Meeting Areej at her home in Sabra, Gaza.
Areej's father - Killed by Israel
Treatable but not due to blockade
A smile from Areej

To make donations to to Areej’s family
go to Tuesday’s Child website at;
http://www.tuesdayschild.ie/site/hand_donate.asp

Make sure to specify her family name;
Grandfather of Areej; Khamees Banat